“Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore, I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” 2 Corinthians 12:8-10
I think we can agree that we have all experienced one of the challenges listed above at some point in our lives, if not within just the past eight weeks. We can relate to Paul’s struggle that he calls his “throne in the flesh” and how it has hindered him from functioning at his best. It has hindered his life and ministry. He has asked the Lord to take it away on three different occasions, but God had a different answer for Paul.